Gaia’s new Overland GPS maps help you plan, navigate and explore
Gaia GPS adds specific land maps to make sure you know when and where you can drive, camp and explore. Yes, even offline.
Gaia GPS has an extensive collection of maps for hikers, cyclists and off-road drivers. Now Gaia offers Overlanders a more comprehensive mapping option. Called Gaia Overland, it includes logging roads, BLM trail data, and other routes. Plus, it adds road closure dates, permitted vehicles, and public land boundaries to ensure you never get lost or find yourself on the wrong track.
Gaia GPS maps are well recognized in the world of outdoor recreation. The platform offers topographic maps that include more than just the terrain. The app consists of United States Geological Survey and US Forest Service maps. It also has hiking trails, campsites, and National Geographic Trails maps.
Cards that accompany you
Last year, Gaia GPS added Android Auto compatibility to its app. This made it the first backcountry navigation app to work with Google’s in-car system. Users can now display any Gaia GPS map on the vehicle’s infotainment screen. And unlike Google Maps and other app-based maps, Gaia Maps are available offline, with full details and turn-by-turn directions.
Don’t worry, Apple users; it also works on CarPlay.
The app is growing from a target audience of off-roaders to full-on overlanders and riders of ATVs, UTVs, and motorcycles.
Gaia Overland maps show you everything but the landscape
Gaia Overland maps include OpenStreetMap roads and trails data, USFS roads and trails data, and Bureau of Land Management roads and trails data. It even has USFS motor vehicle use cards.
These maps show where you can drive a motor vehicle in the National forest system. They even tell you what classes of vehicles can use the road, what seasons they’re open to, and many other travel rules and regulations. (Experience a side-by-side view previous Gaia map layers compared to the Overland map upgrade.)
Gaia can tell you about road surface types (gravel, sand, etc.) and vehicle constraints (freeway allowed, bikes only, etc.). Land maps can tell you if the road is closed for the season and give you the road number for unmarked roads and trails.
Gaia GPS can also show you weather maps and even wildfire activity to help you know what to pack, what to expect and when to stay home.
Many of these cards are available individually elsewhere. What makes Gaia different is that it combines all the data into one downloadable map. For example, the USFS uses maps that do not have topographic data, and sources with topographic data do not have all roads or all types of vehicle access.
Find points of interest, public lands and more
Because landing means you’re not always on a path, beaten or not, Gaia Overland helps you stay in the places you’re allowed to be. Maps show public land boundaries to help you stay on the right side of the law. It will also help you find sites where camping is allowed.
In addition to pure map data, Gaia Overland has Points of Interest (POI). Gas stations and scenic viewpoints are featured on the maps, as are springs, peaks, mountain passes, and more. Many points of interest and hiking trails have additional information to educate you on what is there.
All you need is an Android or iOS phone or tablet to use the maps. To use them on your dash you’ll need Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but a typical phone holder works almost as well. Get lost or end up on the wrong track using these maps, and you’re probably not cut out for the great outdoors.
You will need a Gaia GPS Premium subscription for map catalog and offline GPS capability. The service costs $40 per year and Gaia offers a $20 promotion for the first year.